Play On

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Nov 3, 2009
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. No amount of hackneyed songwriting can undermine Ms. Underwood’s voice, which is consistently impressive, capable of pneumatic thrusts. It enlivens plenty of moments here.
  2. On Play On her approach results in a scattershot collection that too often mistakes bombast for sincerity ('Unapologize') and sap for sentiment ('Temporary Home').
  3. Carrie takes a much stronger presence as a writer here, co-authoring seven of the 13 songs, and she's attracted to hookless showstoppers designed to showcase her powerful voice, all glory notes with no glory. When she sticks to tunes written solely by the professionals, Play On does have some slick pleasures.
  4. Play On exhibits a distressing lack of dimension for a singer with Underwood's obvious abilities.
  5. She still lacks the grit and the distinctive, intuitive phrasing of the best country singers, but the better moments of Play On suggest that she's capable of developing into more than a technically proficient cipher.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Aug 21, 2015
    8
    In my opinion, it is her best album. Amazing sonority and voice, a solid country album. But I also feel Carrie's lyrics lacks personality,In my opinion, it is her best album. Amazing sonority and voice, a solid country album. But I also feel Carrie's lyrics lacks personality, everything is so bland and every single album from her discuss the same subjects, she needs to stand out a little more. Full Review »
  2. Aug 18, 2014
    8
    Love this female singer...She's awesome...always have loved her music since she was on American Idol. ..She's got an amazing voice...have allLove this female singer...She's awesome...always have loved her music since she was on American Idol. ..She's got an amazing voice...have all her albums and singles Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    8
    Considered by some to this day as the worst album in Underwood's catalog, I beg to differ. Perhaps even to argue that is her greatest, andConsidered by some to this day as the worst album in Underwood's catalog, I beg to differ. Perhaps even to argue that is her greatest, and most praise worthy album? Harvesting a plethora of country-pop crossover gems that even Taylor Swift would seethe for, Play On is by far Underwood's most commercially accessible album to date. Cowboy Casanova, Quitter, This Time, Unapologize, Someday When I Stop Loving You, and even the more-country boasting Songs Like This, all pleading to become earworms. The latter of which is the obligatory Before He Cheats clone, even rivals that classic with Underwood's sassy and snark vocal delivery. With ballads that beg for a bottle of tears through Mama's Song, Temporary Home, and even the album's weakest track, Change, there's enough diversity to appease everyone. Play On is certainly an album that crosses the border between Country and Pop for Underwood. And in doing so, it does not sacrifice quality, being as a superb achievement for an album. Full Review »